Meet the Winners – The Culture of Living: The Inspired Kitchen Contest

For Gaggenau, The Inspired Kitchen is a contest that pays homage to the heart of the home by inspiring design that assures, entertains, and sparks conversation. Designers were invited to put their creativity and design philosophy to the test by creating a culinary space where luxury is expressed through emotion, materials, craftsmanship, and aesthetics. Each designer submitted 3-to-6 kitchen illustrations, renderings, or drawings, including three Gaggenau appliances, as well as a written narrative describing their design inspiration and appliance selection. And, in the spirit of giving back, for the first 20 entrants, Gaggenau donated $500 per submission to The James Beard Foundation—an organization whose mission is to celebrate, nurture, and honor chefs and other leaders making America’s food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable.

The five winning designs were chosen based on creativity, originality, and functionality:

JENNIE BISHOP – Studio Gild

Jennie Bishop and design partners Melissa Benham and Kristen Ekeland define the kitchen by “understated drama, sophisticated custom detailing, and plenty of space in which a young family could entertain and expand.” The look and feel echoes the modern, minimalist design of the house. Anchored by an 18-foot island with seating for six, the space features a book-matched marble slab as a backdrop for a custom brass hood over the cooktop. Gaggenau appliances seamlessly blend into the overall design without distraction for an end result that is light, clean, and functional.

Gaggenau Appliances incorporated:

36” 400 series gas cooktop
30” 400 series double oven
24” 400 series dishwasher
24” stainless steel built-in microwave drawer
30” 400 series warming drawer

DANIELLA VILLAMIL – Daniella Villamil Interiors

Villamil’s kitchen brings the outside in with finishes and detailings that reflect the native landscape, which takes centerstage through glass walls. “Every single detail in the kitchen was thoughtfully planned to connect with an environment and evoke a feeling of luxury, comfort, and connection,” Villamil says. The kitchen hood was finished in a burnished copper to mimic the sunsets; the backsplash was chiseled from rock excavated during construction, the wood for the cabinets was sourced locally, stools were sculpted from tree stumps by a local artist, and the islands were crafted from unfinished wood to contrast with the concrete floors and ceilings.

Gaggenau Appliances incorporated:

36” and 15” 400 series gas cooktops
30” 400 series oven
30” 400 series combi-steam oven
30″ 400 series warming drawer
30” 400 series refrigerator / freezer
24” 400 series dishwasher

Courtesy of Daniella Villamil

STEFANO VENIER – Canova

A study in sculptural simplicity, Venier’s kitchen is designed for the sophisticated gourmand. “The kitchen combines style and performance for the aesthete who entertains, providing elevated culinary experiences assisted by technological innovations,” he says. While functional, the forms of two central elements—the Italian Bronzo Amani marble stone island and the oxidized bronze wall unit—appear as sculptural pieces yet hide state-of-the-art functionality. When electronically raised and recessed, the island reveals a host of appliances as well as a work area with a welded sink, a retractable faucet, and a custom

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The Home Depot Announces 2020 Innovation Award Winners

Breakthroughs in cooking take top two spots

ATLANTA, Oct. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Home Depot® today recognized the latest product innovations to hit shelves, in store and online, with the announcement of its 2020 Innovation Award winners. Supporting its DIY and Pro customers, the retailer, its merchants, and suppliers have continued to bring state-of-the-art products to the market throughout 2020.   


The Home Depot announces 2020 Innovation Award Winners

This year, The Home Depot’s overall Innovation Award winner and first runner up define innovation in cooking platforms. From frying to grilling and smoking, the top two products elevate the at-home cooking experience. In addition to appliances and grills, finalists cover categories from across the home including lighting, home security, flooring and more.

Top winners include:  

Overall Winner: The Frigidaire Air Fry Range by Electrolux saves time and space with its all-in-one stove, oven and new Air Fry Range cooking capabilities. The large-scale cooking capacity features no-flip technology that allows food to crisp evenly on all sides.

First Runner Up: The Masterbuilt Gravity-Fed Grill/Smoker enables quick-start cooking by reaching peak temperatures of 700°F faster than ever – in just 13 minutes. The innovative gravity technology holds over 12 hours of charcoal, ensuring constant fuel. Smart control technology allows for hands-off smoking, grilling, searing, baking, or roasting.

Second Runner Up: The Lutron Sunnata Touch Dimmer with LED+ Technology installs within 15 minutes with existing wiring, offering custom light control using the same captive-touch technology applied in modern touch screens to enable fast, accurate and responsive action.

“As the product authority in home improvement, we are honored to recognize our supplier partners who bring the most innovative and exclusive products to the market that deliver the best value to our customers,” said Ted Decker, president and chief operating officer for The Home Depot. “Today, we acknowledge our supplier partners for their remarkable work through our annual Innovation Awards Ceremony.”

In addition to the top three winners, The Home Depot recognized these finalists for their high marks in product innovation:

  • Adjusta-Pull Cabinet Hardware by Liberty Hardware allow cabinet handles to be easily lengthened without the need for a power drill or additional holes in the cabinetry.
  • Daltile QuicTile is real porcelain that can be installed in one day at a 30 percent more cost-efficient price point than traditional porcelain tile.
  • Hampton Bay Mara Ceiling Fan by King of Fans installs 50 percent faster than traditional fans using the slide-on mounting bracket, click-and-lock blades, and magnetic light kit.
  • Henry Roof Coatings extends roof life up to five years by protecting against sun, rain, and snow damage by locking in granules to reduce granule loss.
  • Husky 1 – 1/4″ Ratcheting PVC Cutter by GreatStar uses 40 percent less force to effortlessly cut PVC pipes and includes a lifetime warranty and replacement blades to ensure the product is a longstanding purchase.
  • Lockly Smart Locks increase security with its patented technology that ensures a unique digital keypad every time someone approaches the door, allows users to grant remote access to guests and
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Wolfe Research singles out Five Below, At Home and Floor & Decor as retail winners (NASDAQ:FIVE)

Wolfe Research launches coverage on Five Below (FIVE +2.9%), Floor & Decor Holdings (FND +2.5%) and At Home Group (HOME +3.2%) with Outperform ratings.

The firms assigns a price target of $150 on FIVE vs. the average Wall Street PT of $136.50. “In our view, FIVE operates one of the most unique traffic-driven models across all of retail with industry leading new unit economics and an agile merchant team helping to deliver consistent positive comp sales growth through an “on trend” product assortment. We see a clear path towards sustained double-digit new store expansion over the next several years.”

The firms assigns a price target of $84 on FND vs. the average Wall Street PT of $76.16. ” FND continues to benefit from a solid housing backdrop and the potential for sustained momentum in the home improvement sector, specifically a structural shift towards hard surface flooring. As one of the rare new unit growth opportunities across retail, FND should further unlock the benefits of scale in coming years to drive operating margins towards a low double-digit rate.”

The firms assigns a price target of $18 on HOME vs. the average Wall Street PT of $20.29. “Q2 results and trends early into Q3 appear as an inflection point in the trajectory of the HOME business model. We view the pullback in shares post Q2 results as an attractive entry point with a risk-reward tilted favorably from here.”

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LIXIL announces winners for Asia Pacific Property Awards 2020-21

LIXIL continues to empower the real estate sector as a headline sponsor for the Asia Pacific Property Awards

TOKYO, Sept. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — LIXIL, maker of pioneering water and housing products, in partnership with the Asia Pacific Property Awards, today announced the winners for this year’s edition.

Asia Pacific Property Awards 2020-2021

This year there are 628 winners from across Asia Pacific in the Architecture, Development, Interior Design and Real Estate categories. Mainland China swept the maximum awards (146 awards) followed by Thailand (69 awards). This was closely chased by Singapore (58 awards) and Hong Kong (54 awards). Other important markets including Vietnam (44 awards), India (26 awards), Philippines (26 awards) and Indonesia (27 awards) also made a mark at this year’s edition.

In this globally challenging time, the award ceremony was held online and saw the congregation of many renowned names in the architecture and design community. All the top winners for 2020-2021 in the Asia Pacific region will be a part of the International Awards, celebrating their achievements in a virtual ceremony held on 7 September 2020. The Asia Pacific Property Awards are one of the biggest and most established awards in the industry, receiving over 900 entries each year from countries across the entire region. The awards provide recognition to the best companies operating within the architecture, interior design, real estate and property developer sectors. Sponsored by LIXIL Asia through its power brands GROHE and American Standard as part of a three-year partnership as Headline Sponsor from 2019 until 2021, the Asia Pacific Property Awards are the largest branch of the International Property Awards (IPA).

LIXIL, as a global market leader in the water technology industry, recognises the increasing concern around hygiene globally and is pre-empting consumers’ needs for touchless, IoT enabled, hygiene solutions (technologies and products). Through its portfolio of power brands, LIXIL offers pioneering technologies that promote health, hygiene, comfort and sustainability. Each of the power brands have their own star products, including American Standard HygieneClean Technology, award-winning Genie hand shower and Aqua Ceramic; GROHE SmartControl Kitchen Collection and sensor faucets; INAX 3in1Jet Bowl; as well as the SPALET range and the recently launched SATO Tap. Against the backdrop and uncertainties of an ongoing global pandemic, the awards mark a celebratory milestone for the community and for LIXIL Asia to continue providing consumer-centric products across different price points, designs and technologies.

Satoshi Konagai, CEO of LIXIL Water Technology Asia Pacific, expressed, “We extend our heartfelt congratulations to the winners and hope that this memorable moment will be a reminder that good design will shine even during tough times. At LIXIL, consumer centricity is a big part of who we are and what we do as a purpose-driven company. Our industry leading brands cater to consumers across all lifestyle needs, from affordable to luxury ranges, functional to precision technology, and classic to modern design. By awarding these professionals with this industry honour, we want to empower them to rise

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